Figured this would come out sooner or later. Worth the money?
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Kristie and I headed up to Manistee today to race at Big M. Having never ridden there I decided to ride the last downhill and the first mile of the course. From the gun we went pretty hard but about 1/3 of the way through the first lap a Cycletherapy racer took a dig which was too hard and too early for me to even think about following. Sure enough though, the three that stuck back with me saw him only once or twice up the trail for the remainder of the race, as he was able to hold the gap. The downhill required too many risks for me to ride fast, so after the third lap the two I was with managed a bit of a gap. Throughout the fourth lap I felt like I was moving backwards but managed an ok time still (albeit my slowest). I rolled into the finish in fourth place, with a time below my 1:40 goal.
Mike Wissink took advantage of Christian Tanguay's untimely flat to win the Elite race.
John Osgood and a bunch of the TSB'ers made the trek out to the dusty, fast couse too.
Thanks to Kristie for taking all of the pics! I have a bunch of other people in the elite/expert race, so e-mail me and I'll send those to you if you like.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Fun, hot, WINDY night out at Grattan yesterday. A break went unexpectedly with about 7 to go into the windy straightaway. On my turn to pull through we were strung out, and before I knew it I had a bit of a gap going into the turns. I decided it was either time to go or time to sit in, and I decided to give it a go. I bridged up to a group of five, but that dropped quickly to three. With 3 to go the field was closing and I was fading, so I was consumed by the pack. A small group kept a 5-ish second gap on us for the majority of 2 to go, which Surly man Marc Dettman managed to close. A field sprint wasn't what my legs were up to, so I managed to stay out of trouble and get in a great workout.
Once again Kristie was out taking great pics all night. Next up...Big M!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tried out my first race at Grattan today. Saw a familiar face in Mark Dettman out there...he's still trying to decide whether to hit up the Ithaca GP or the USGP races in Wisconsin...a tough decision! The B race was less sketchy than I thought it would be. Kristie made the trip out with me and tried out her new camera! Unfortunately no dogs are allowed so Kona had to guard the house.
58? racers in the B's. Ended up with 38 miles averaging 23.8 mph over 1:40. Not a bad night to ride a bike.